Site of Republican debate is college run by world’s oldest religion order
June 13th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
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Site of Republican debate is college run by world’s oldest religion order

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The staging ground for Monday night’s Republican presidential debate – the first of 2012 presidential cycle in the critical early voting state of New Hampshire – is connected to a history so deep that it predates American politics by a millennium.

Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, New Hampshire, was founded and is run by the Benedictines, a Catholic order founded in the 6th century. It claims to be the world’s oldest religious order.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    In their eyes I would guess that other religions do not count as "orders".

    June 13, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Ronald Morris

    I guess they don't consider Judaism part of the Judeo-Christian history track.

    June 13, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Its about religious orders, not about religions, and if its about religious orders, its about organized religious communities that are under the authority of an abbot. As far as I know, there is no current surviving monastic tradition in Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism, so the Benedictines are correct in their claim.

    June 13, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. linda putnam

    When it comes to religions and their beliefs, facts and reality have nothing to do with their statements.

    June 13, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Sebastian Kent

    Little surprise that the Republican Party would seek to send reaffirm their brand with a `wink-wink` connection to something religious in nature.

    I`d rather see some substance on solutions. I`m atill waiting for the GOP-lead Congress to deliver on their empty Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! bumpersticker from the 2010 election.

    June 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Religious right. That's an oxymoron. Everyone knows that republicans don't believe in the teachings of Jesus. You know....The part about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, assisting the elderly, and giving to the poor.

    June 13, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Its about religious orders, not about religions, and if its about religious orders, its about organized religious communities that are under the authority of an abbot. As far as I know, there is no current surviving monastic tradition in Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism, so the Benedictines are correct in their claim.
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    You need to vist some of the small villages in upstate New York: i.e., like Kiryas Joel. There are villages in Pennsylvania, Utah and other states that pretty much function in the same way, which is entire small towns and villages being run by one faith or another.

    June 13, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Chipster

    Why do we care were the event is held? There's no symbolism. It's basically a stage, an audience, and a commentator. Every venue is the same. Unless they plan to hold a religious service, what difference does the room make? They could be in the local conference center, college auditorium, or local theater for all I care. I don't plan to take a tour. I just want to hear what they have to say.

    June 13, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Leave it to the GOP to pick a site devoted to religion.........which is in and of itself, devoted to abusing humanity!

    June 13, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Religious right. That's an oxymoron. Everyone knows that republicans don't believe in the teachings of Jesus. You know....The part about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, assisting the elderly, and giving to the poor.
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    That, my friends, is the **Truth**. There is nothing in Christian Bibles that advocate the policies put forth by Republicans. It is the great decpetion that originated with Jerry Falwell during the late '70s. A time when the traditionally Democratic religous demographic had their attention shifted from the welfare of their fellow man by the fear mongering that brought Reagan to the White House.

    June 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Chipster wrote:
    Why do we care were the event is held?
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    Let's do it your way, then. They are lots of choices for a venue. A sports arena. A playhouse. A mosque. A turkey farm. Such things are very important to Republicans. Image. It is all about the image. Substance? Who cares? It's all about the image.

    June 13, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Oregon Calling

    Get RELIGION out of POLITICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace :-)

    June 13, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. gt

    oh my , its just a building to have a debate..pagans and infidels... chill out....

    June 13, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The Republicans are trying to tell you that America is a Christian nation, which is the exact opposite of the beliefs and intent of the founder fathers. Their seductive words and claims to be defenders of The Constitution are misrepresentations meant to decieve in the name of profit.

    America was founded to escape the same types of moral control that Republicans wish to impose on all of us. They really do not care what morals are imposed upon our society as long as their is an annual, renewable profit in it. As long as you cast your vote.

    June 13, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |